While I normally make functional pots for everyday use, I also enjoy creating more decorative work that can be seen in our gallery at The Bridge Pottery and at exhibitions.
The primary technique I use is known as majolica or tin-glazed earthenware. It has a long tradition of use in middle eastern and Southern European ceramics. Once the piece is formed in clay it is covered in white glaze which becomes the background for decoration. I paint the decoration using brushes and use found or homemade tools for sgraffito and masking techniques. My pigments are mostly made from natural minerals such as iron and copper, and I also use some commercially made stains.
My partner Mark Campden and I work together at our studio about 10km from Kilkenny City in the countryside. It is a very quiet rural location where we are surrounded by wildlife and nature, which we both find inspiring.
About Caroline Dolan
In 2006 Caroline realised a lifelong ambition to train as a craftsperson when she graduated from the Design & Crafts Council intensive two-year Pottery Skills and Design Course in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. She then went on to set up the shared studios, Earthworks, with two other potters in Thomastown. In 2011 Caroline moved her studio to The Bridge Pottery where she continues to work alongside her partner Mark Campden.